Lately I’ve been getting a lot of e-mail inquiries from worried pregnant women desperately seeking exercises to tone their arms.
And as much as it’s frustrating to see your body change during pregnancy, I want to absolutely assure you that you absolutely CAN and WILL get your body back into good shape after your baby is born.
Having a baby does NOT mean that you need to throw in the towel for looking good. If you do things properly, you should absolutely be able to avoid things like abdominal pooching (pot-belly syndrome), abdominal splitting…and the “last 15 pound syndrome”.
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And now here are 3 of my FAVORITE arm slimming exercises (remember
to get your Health Care Provider’s okay BEFORE you begin):
1. Tricep dips;
2. Tricep extensions (or pushdowns as some call it!); and
3. Tricep kickbacks.
So, assuming you’ve been given the OK to exercise – here’s WHAT equipment you’ll need to do these exercises and WHERE you should be concentrating on when doing them:
1. Tricep dips – require nothing but your body weight and a ledge. Sit at the end of a solid surface, hands on the edge, fingers forward, lift your bum off the bench, dip down and then back up again. Make sure you feel the burn in the back of your upper arms, not your shoulders!
2. Tricep extensions/pushdowns – you’ll need a pulldown bar in the gym for this one! Stand with your body facing the bar, grab it shoulder width apart. Start with your hands on the bar at your elbow height and slowly push down to your legs. The trick with this one is letting your triceps do the work and NOT your shoulders. So again you want to feel the burn in the back of your upper arm.
3. Tricep kickbacks – you’ll need free weights or a soup can for this one! Kneel same hand and knee on a bench, hold the weight in your opposite hand and go from a 90-degree angle to a 180-degree angle, moving ONLY from your elbow. Make sure you’re holding your upper arm parallel to the floor and are NOT moving from your shoulder joint! Make sure you feel the burn in the back of your upper arms.
Now, these are only 3 of many tricep exercises that you can do. However, for all other tricep exercises – AVOID doing any that requires you to lie on your back.
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